In honor of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving and sharing through social media, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is hosting a Facebook contest that will award one community betterment project $5,000.
Starting today at 9 a.m., individuals can log onto Facebook, “like” the Community Foundation’s page, and look for the photo album titled #GivingTuesday2015. There will be a photo from each of the five participating organizations with information about their project. The photo with the most “likes” by 5 p.m. December 8 will win the grant to help complete their project.
The winning organization will be announced December 9.
“The Facebook contest started as a way for the Community Foundation to join in on the Giving Tuesday movement, by staying true to what it is that we do which is to support our community,” said Randy Sweeney, Community Foundation executive director.
This year’s participating organizations and projects are:
Bemus Point Fire Department – The Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department provides Advanced Life Support with its volunteer Paramedics, EMTs, and ambulance to residents in the Bemus Point and surrounding areas. The “heart” of the ambulance is a high-end Cardiac Monitor with Programmable Defibrillator, essential for treating patients with potential cardiac emergencies. The department’s current monitor is nearing the end of its useful service life and must be replaced. In addition to reading and treating cardiac rhythms, the new Lifepak is capable of transmitting vital cardiac information to the emergency room during patient transport, thus improving chances for survival.
Chadakoin Park Playground Rebuild Project – A steering committee was formed in the spring of 2015 to raise funds for a new playground at Chadakoin Park. The aging equipment in place is fifteen years old and there are genuine safety concerns. Many children and families use the park regularly and the committee’s desire is to continue providing a fun, safe environment for them. Meetings were held to receive input from the public at-large and determine the new playground’s layout. Organizer Vickye James said, “I’m just so excited about this project and seeing the community rally around it.”
Town of North Harmony Veteran’s Memorial – There is an existing veteran’s memorial located at the juncture of North Maple Street and Fardink Road in the Village of Ashville. Residing there are two cannons and a very old plaque engraved with the names of over 600 former and current military members from the town. The plaque is showing significant signs of deterioration. The proposed memorial will be star-shaped and granite walls will contain the names of all who served and sacrificed their lives. Benches will provide seating and an opportunity for personal reflection.
Trolley #93 Restoration – This venture, spearheaded by Bob Johnston and Jim Mitchener, began in 1996 when an original Jamestown trolley was found at a family camp. It is the last known surviving remnant of a once thriving mode of transportation. While supported by donations of time, materials, and money from area businesses and residents, restoration is now at a critical point. The most costly elements, seats and wheels, must be acquired to proceed further. Said Johnston, “There are people out there who remember them (the trolleys); they can remember riding them. This is all we have left.”
Village of Lakewood Baseball Diamond – The goal of this project is to create a family-oriented, baseball-themed destination. In addition to providing state-of-the-art facilities, the intention is to develop a green environment surrounding the park, including engineered wetlands designed to encourage the growth of native plants and attract native species, walking trails with interpretive signage, and kiosks describing the project in detail. According to the committee, “This will be a demonstration site where people can learn about ‘smart growth’ and ‘sustainable development’ via a real world example.”